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Girls crash in on wedding humour

BRIDESMAIDS Comedy; starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, John Hamm, Rose Byrne >Mark Evans

MOVE over boys, the girls have stolen your thunder. After years of male-dominated gross-out movies (Something About Mary; Hall Pass; The Hangover and on and on), it's refreshing to see a women's movie that is, well, funny. And while there may not be a ton of laugh-out-loud moments, the silliness here is balanced by a proper script -- something that's not always on offer with the lads' outings.

Kristen Wiig writes and stars as thirtysomething Annie, maid of honour at best-friend Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) wedding to a rich banker. And it's a welcome relief from her life of a failed business, making ends meet selling engagement rings and her dead-end relationship with 'me me me' Ted (John Hamm).

At the engagement party, Annie meets her fellow bridesmaids: Lillian's cynical cousin Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), idealistic friend Becca (Ellie Kemper), raunchy future sister-in-law Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and Helen (Rose Byrne), the beautiful but vain wife of Lillian's fiance's boss. And that's where the sparks fly as Helen tries to destroy her friendship with Lillian.


But all will end well in the end -- every romcom needs a happy ending, right? -- and what's nice here is that amid the gross humour and C words, there is a bit of insight. Helen isn't all that she seems and each character does develop some self-awareness as the wedding day approaches.

The men here don't have huge roles, but Chris O'Dowd shines as a cop with whom Annie might have a future.

Funny but intelligent, Bridesmaids isn't as brilliant as you might have heard, but it's a change from the dumb played-for-laughs lads' genre.

DVD extras: Theatrical version has additional shots and extended scenes; audio commentary; gag reel; deleted scenes and extended and alternate scenes; a few more bits and pieces thrown in -- this isn't a bad package at all.